Mass at Dawn
Isaiah 62: 11-12
Titus 3: 4-7
Luke: 2: 15-20
When one prayerfully and carefully reflects on the Feast of Christmas, certain truths present themselves to the person of Faith. Among these is the radical nature of what has taken place.
God has become a child, a person, placing himself directly into the lives of all men, women, and young people. He entrusted Himself to us in the helpless state of an infant.
The newborn Christ is not a distant deity, someone who is indifferent to us and to our human condition. He enters into this condition; Jesus allows Himself to experience the limitations of a child, along with object poverty and at the end, rejection and a violent death.
The Feast of Christmas, the realization of the Incarnation is, in a very real and particular way, a feast of Hope and Joy, par excellence.
The Birth of Jesus clearly proclaims: God-is-with-us, Emmanuel. Jesus really participates in the sufferings and joys of humanity.
Christ wants us to turn to Him; He wishes to be our Friend as well as our Lord and Redeemer. This manifestation of love and friendship is true; it is authentic and forever.
During this Christmas Season, which began at Midnight and continues through the Feast of Epiphany, the Three Kings, on January 6 is, in fact, an ideal time for us to renew our love for Jesus and our trust in Him and His care for us.
Now, I would like to speak to all of the young people who are assisting at this Christmas Mass this morning.
You are loved by God in a special way. Because you are young, you have special gifts to offer to others: your youth, your spirited and enthusiastic interpretation of life and most of all, your honest and straightforward willingness to be generous and to help others.
As you mature and live your lives, remember always that Christ knows you and He loves you. In these difficult times, I know that perhaps many of your friends and classmates, and even some of you, have wondered whether or not God is really important; whether or not you should pray and assist at Sunday Mass. Perhaps some of you have become indifferent and following the weak example of some adults, have considered turning away from the Church.
On this Christmas Morning, I invite you to always trust in Christ and in His Teachings; I ask you to remain close to Jesus in daily prayer and the frequent and regular reception of the Sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion.
Christ hears you when you pray and He will help you. If you persevere, you will become the person Jesus wants you to be and despite the difficulties which are part of daily life, you will be truly happy.